Mission Devotional - December 14, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, make me more like you this day. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 63:1

Journal: What does it look like to earnestly seek God in your life?

Reflection: We can become like Christ in character and in power and thus realize our highest ideal of well-being and well-doing. That is the heart of the New Testament message.

Do you believe this is possible?

My central claim is that we can become like Christ by doing one thing - by following him in Christ, we must believe that he knew how to live. We can, through faith and grace, become like Christ by practicing the types of activities he engaged in, by arranging our whole lives around the activities he himself practiced in order to remain constantly at home in the fellowship of his Father.

What activities did Jesus practice? Such things as solitude and silence, prayer, simple and sacrificial living, intense study and meditation upon God's Word and God's ways, and service to others. Some of these will be even more necessary to us that they were to him, because of our greater or different need. But in a balanced life of such activities, we will be constantly enlivened by "The Kingdom Not of This World" - the Kingdom of Truth as seen in John 18:36-37. (The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Pete and Ruth Mitchell are church planters in France with Mission to the World (MTW) and in collaboration with the Eglise Réformée Evangélique de France (French Reformed Evangelical Church). Pete's role is that of team leader. The Mitchells are living in Toulouse planting a new church in Tournefeuille. The church has been meeting in a new building since early July. Pray today for the Mitchells who are on home assignment for the next year and for the Gildards, their Toulouse teammates, who are having administrative problems during a season of spiritual warfare. Pray that God will give them victory.

Keymedia uses television, radio, the Internet and printed literature as well as local missionaries, in their Arabic and Muslim target countries, for the key purpose of planting churches and discipling local believers to take the gospel to their nation's people. Pray today for the staff of Keymedia that God will protect them and give them the strength they need to accomplish His purpose.

Closing Prayer: O God, my Heavenly Father, transform me into the beautiful work of art you dreamt me to be. Give me the courage and the strength to settle for nothing less. Make me more and more like your Son, Jesus. May I live each day continually seized by the power of your great affection. Amen.